Friday, October 31, 2014
NAPM 10th Conve
ntion Tmw in Pune in Backd rop of Gover nment Chang ing Envir onmen tal, Land and Socia l Secur ity Acts
From: napm india
Thu, 30 Oct '14 8:25p
- 20 years journey of people’s movements unfolds in Pune!
Pune / New Delhi, October 30 : Representatives of people’s movements striving for equality, social justice and sustainable development are meeting in Pune from 31st October to 2nd November to attend the 10th Biennial Convention of NAPM (National Alliance of People’s Movements). These activists have been instrumental in various social struggles and have played a key role in bringing about the important acts like Forest Rights Act for tribal people (2005), revised Land Acquisition and Rehabilitation Act (2013), Hawkers Act (2009), Employment Guarantee Act (2005).
Tribal people and farmers fighting for their land rights, urban poor fighting for their right to shelter, groups of people fighting against nuclear energy, communities fighting to save their water-forest-land, experts stressing the need of alternative development model are going to be a part of this three day programme.
Senior educationist Anil Sadgopal will inaugurate the convention on 31st October at 10.30 a.m. Noted social activists Medha Patkar will review the 20 years journey of NAPM, and Aruna Roy, Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathan and former member National Advisory Council, will chair this session and reflect on the struggle for accountability and transparency in governance. In a special programme on this occasion, respected senior supporters of people’s movements will be felicitated.
A public meeting on ‘Development policy, social justice and India’s future’ will take place at 5.30 p.m. Yogendra Yadav, Pushpa Bhave, Vinoy Vishvam, Dayamani Barla, Khaleel Deshmukh, Shreenivas Khandewale and Vilas Bhongade will be part of this discussion.
On 31st October between 2pm to 5pm, group discussions will happen on a range of subjects like agriculture, water, energy, ownership of natural resources, urban planning, alternate development policy, health, education, right to food and others. On 1st November between 9am to 11am, summary of the discussions will be presented. At 6.30 p.m., public meeting on ‘Role of people’s movements in political transformation’ is planned. Ajit Jha, Nikhil Wagle, Lingraj Azad, Dr. Sunilam, Gautam Mody, Anil Chaudhary, will participate in the discussion. Medha Patkar will chair the session.
This convention is being viewed with great enthusiasm, as the laws that the new government intends to change, have been developed through these movements. UPA government had considered the voice of People’s Movements to some extent. Senior activist Aruna Roy was even introduced in the National Advisory Committee. BJP government, however, has started questioning the social organisations, people’s movements immediately after taking charge. In this context, how the people’s movements decide their way forward will be an interesting aspect of consideration.
In the context of the new developments from the Modi Government plannning to dilute and radically change pro poor laws like the LAAR Act, Labour Laws, Right to Information, MNREGA, Legislation related to Social Security making them anti-poor legislations: various social groups and alliances from across the country have converged today for a Samajvadi Samagam (Socialist Meet) at the SM Joshi Foundation. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together all the like minded socialist groups on to a common platform to fight together the rise of fascism and the present government';s Assault on the lives, livelihoods and natural resources of the common people and vulnerable sections of this country.
The coming together of people';s movements is significant at this juncture since, there is outrage at the moment at the way NDA government has been changing environmental laws and wants to change many. The movements are determined to halt any such changes and increase the resistance at the grassroots level against the ongoing assault on the livelihood and natural resources by corporations with help of the government.
Medha Patkar, Suniti S R, Prafulla Samantara, Arundhati Dhuru, Gabriele Dietrich, Kamayani Swami, Anand Mazgaonkar, Madhuresh Kumar
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